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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 42-45

Assessment and comparison of tobacco dependence level among cholanaicken and kattunaicken tribal groups of nilambur forest, Kerala: A questionnaire study

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. S Anjali
Sathya Nivas, Naduvath, Wandoor, Malappuram, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jiadsr.jiadsr_14_17

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Context: Anti-tobacco initiatives among tribal groups are still a challenging task due to handful of literature available. This ignited up the present study to assess tobacco dependence among the tribes of Nilambur Forest. Aims: To assess and compare the tobacco dependence level among Cholanaicken and Kattunaicken tribal groups of Nilambur Forest, Kerala, using Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence (FTND). Settings and Design: Nilambur Forest, Kerala; a cross-sectional study. Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out among 300 tribes (150 Kattunaicken and 150 Cholanaicken individuals) to assess their nicotine dependence using FTND. Statistical Analysis Used: Chi-square test, Fisher's exact test. Results: Of 300 samples, the prevalence of tobacco usage among tribal groups is 43.8%. The level of tobacco dependency was more among Cholanaicken (59.7%) compared to Kattunaicken groups (50.3%), and tobacco dependency was more among males (73.4%), with a majority of them having medium (63.8%) level of tobacco dependency. There is a statistically significant difference of P < 0.001 (gender, ethnic) in tobacco dependency. Conclusions: High tobacco consumption among the tribal groups is attributed to their lack of awareness and is considered as a major entertainment to allay boredom.

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